Thursday, July 9, 2015
A new nationwide survey of DACA recipients released today is one of the first to systematically quantify the wage effect of receiving deferred action, with data showing that DACA has increased average hourly wages for recipients by 45 percent. The survey, conducted by Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Center for American Progress, illustrates the economic and educational benefit of the program three years after its implementation.
Key findings of the survey include:
- A full 96 percent of respondents are currently employed or in school, showing that DACA has significantly helped recipients participate in the labor force
- 69 percent of recipients are getting better, higher-paying jobs than they had before they received DACA, with 57 percent of them reporting moving to a job “that better fits [their] education and training” and 54 percent moving to a job with better working conditions
- They are buying cars at high rates, with the survey finding that 21 percent of recipients bought their first cars and 89 percent of respondents obtained a driver’s license or state ID for the first time after receiving DACA
- 92 percent of respondents who are currently in school say that because of DACA, they pursued educational opportunities previously unavailable to them
Given that higher wages translate into more tax revenue and more economic growth, the survey findings suggest that DACA benefits all Americans.
Access the analysis of the survey here.